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Two Former Employees of a Big Dig Subcontractor Plead Guilty to Fraud-Related Charges

On August 30, Richard Joyce and Brian Di, former assistant project managers for Mass Electric Construction Company (MECC), a subcontractor on the Central Artery Tunnel/Project's tunnel finishes contract, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Boston, MA to one count of conspiracy to commit fraud each for their involvement in a scheme to misclassify apprentice-level electricians as journeymen electricians, with a higher hourly pay rate, on daily reports used to compile costs for time and materials change orders. The practice began in 2003 and continued through June 2005. The company's subcontract included the installation of electrical conduit and wiring in the tunnel. The approximate loss to the government is $100,000. This investigation was conducted with the Department of Labor OIG.